There Are More To Gongs Than Meet The Eye

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The gong looks like a very simple form of instrument, but there is actually much more to it than meets the eye. The gong is actually a very important part of any orchestra, but many people think that it is only a minor addition because it doesn’t get very many parts. However, almost every time the gong is played is during a suspenseful or exciting part of the music, which is typically the most important part of any song. Sometimes the gong is even used as a transitional part, which would make the song fall apart without it.

Gong Sizes
The size of a gong is vital to the way that it will sound. A larger gong will have more of a boomy, crashy noise, while small gongs will be quieter and will add more of a harmonic part to a piece of music. Small gongs are just as important as large ones in the fact that they are required for certain types of music.

Gong Styles
There are two main forms of gong styles — suspended and bowled. Suspended gongs are the flat style that is literally suspended from somewhere, which is how they got the name in the first place. These are typically large gongs, so you won’t see very many suspended small gongs.
The other style, bowled gongs, are the type of gongs that usually sit on the ground or a special cushion of sorts. Unlike suspended gongs, a mallet isn’t always required to play a bowl gong. Players can just use their finger to rub the rim to emit a sound. You will typically see small gongs as bowled gongs, but just like with suspended gongs, they come in both sizes.

Gong Metals
Gongs are typically made of either brass or copper. This doesn’t really affect the sound much, which is why they are made of these similar metals. Gongs are hammered metal, which is not an extremely precise way of creating an instrument but it is the only way to get them into the correct shape. Minor differences can be heard in every gong, but it is very unlikely that the human ear would be able to pick it up.

Gongs come in all shapes and sizes. There are small gongs, large gongs, flat gongs, bowled gongs, and many more other shapes and sizes! Different gongs produce different sounds, which is why you may use several different ones in various pieces of music.

This post was generously provided by Matthew Boley.

Matthew Boley is an avid writer and blogger. This article was written to enlighten others on the joys and sounds of small gongs, as well as big ones. His YouTube channel is at thegongshop.
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